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Renewal energizes Mount Sinai's AGM

June 8, 2007 -- The theme of renewal was in the air June 7 as the Honourable George Smitherman, Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was a special guest at the Mount Sinai Annual General Meeting.

“This is a remarkable institution that distinguishes itself by its innovation,” said Minister Smitherman. “You have great strength of community and breadth of support.”

The Honourable George Smitherman, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, left, with Lawrence Bloomberg, Chair of the Board of Mount Sinai Hospital, at Mount Sinai's Annual General
Meeting June 7, 2007, at MaRS.

More than 200 board members gathered for the Hospital’s AGM held at the MaRS Discovery District to hear that bold steps forward during the past year have paved the way for growth, renewal and modernization — all in the name of providing patients with the best care.

Mount Sinai instituted an innovative Centres of Excellence model in 2006-07 that aligns research and clinical care more closely in order to expedite new treatments and therapies from research bench to patient bedside. Our Centres of Excellence include Women’s and Infants’ Health, Acute and Chronic Medicine, Surgery and Oncology, Laboratory Medicine and Infection Control and the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital.

A major component of Building on the Best, Mount Sinai’s strategic plan to 2010, is Renew Sinai, the Hospital’s capital redevelopment project.

Phase 1 of Renew Sinai -- the building of six new floors on top of the Murray Street tower on the west side of the Hospital -- will provide 4½ floors for the expansion and modernization of the Lawrence and Frances Bloomberg Centre of Excellence in Women’s and Infants’ Health, as well as additional space for other clinical programs.

“Providing high-quality patient care demands a renewal of our facilities so that we can create a better healing environment for patients, and a modern environment for our caregivers,” said Lawrence Bloomberg, Chair of the Board of Directors of Mount Sinai Hospital.

Joseph Mapa, President and CEO of Mount Sinai, shared that sentiment: “Renew Sinai is about our future and it is about providing our bright minds and big hearts at Mount Sinai the best environment possible to work, learn and offer outstanding care.”

Ed Sonshine, Chair of the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation, said 2006-07 was an excellent year of fundraising achievement, with a record $69 million in new pledges raised and a record $35 million in revenue, a significant 10 per cent increase over last year. The recent addition of new Foundation President Susan Horvath makes the Foundation team even stronger, Sonshine said.

The Annual General Meeting also marked the official launch of the bold new brand design for Mount Sinai, including the new tagline: “Bright Minds. Big Hearts. The Best Medicine.”

The striking 66-page annual report reflected Mount Sinai’s new look and brand, as did the overhead video display and the banners surrounding the stage.

“I love the new logo,” said Minister Smitherman. “I like the colours, too. The words that go along side — Bright Minds, Big Hearts — really express well what the mission and spirit of Mount Sinai is all about.”